Andhra Pradesh (India) Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy has announced that mobile clinics will tour villages and telemedicine would be introduced through the ‘104 service’ being implemented in the State via the public-private partnership mode. Addressing a meeting of the AP branch of the Indian Medical Association, he urged the medical fraternity to join hands with the Government in its endeavour to provide improved medicare to the poor. Dr. Reddy said the mobile clinics would daily visit two villages situated 3.5 km away from the primary health centre to check blood pressure, diabetes and other health parameters of people. The Chief Minister announced that a bill to replace the recently promulgated ordinance providing protection to government and private doctors would be introduced in the ensuing budget session of the Assembly. On the plea to include common diseases under the Rajiv Aarogyasri scheme, he said it was a totally different scheme meant to benefit low income groups by covering 210 specific diseases. He assured to provide land to IMA for constructing buildings in Hyderabad, Vijayawada and Visakhapatnam. Health Minister G. Aruna Kumari said the UK Health Minister, who recently met Dr. Reddy, had appreciated the Aarogyasri scheme. So far more than INR 64 crore was spent under the scheme and about 13,500 operations were conducted. Private institutions were involved since the Government hospitals were not in a position to conduct so many surgeries. S.N. Mishra, all-India IMA general secretary, and E. Ravinder Reddy, State IMA president, hailed the Government for promulgating the ordinance. Sangeeta Reddy, utive Director of Apollo Hospitals, was among those who spoke.

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